If you have a friend that is down or going through a hard time and you want to give him or her a gift that will lift their spirits and put a smile on his or her face, you should send an inspirational gifts! Inspirational gifts are better than flowers or fruit baskets because they will last for a long time and will serve as inspiration for many years versus just a week or so. Here are some great examples to turn someone’s mood around:

Self Help Books

Many people find inspiration in books because the words stick with them for a long time. You can choose a book about someone going through a similar event, a book about a faraway place, of a self-help book that will encourage someone to turn his life around. Books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson all will help inspire someone not for just a few days, but for life.

Boxes with Inspirational Quotes

Boxes with inspirational quotes engraved on them will serve as a piece of decor that will help your friend or family member for a long time. These boxes are functional for storage and also tell a story. Consider giving them to someone who is moving away so that they can always think of the people back home when they use it. For a bonus, you can put inspirational quotes inside the box as well, and then whoever receives it can take them out and read them when they really need some extra inspiration.


For someone who is having a tough time at work, paperweights are a great way to provide functional inspiration. Quotes like the one from Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep on going!” will encourage someone to keep working hard. Inspiration paperweights can come in all different sizes and shapes. When picking one, try to decide on one you know the person you’re giving it to will like.

Art Prints

Art prints can be very inspirational, especially if they are from the heart. Consider making your own art print as a way to make it even more personal. Use inspirational quotes or images that will allow your friend to know that you are thinking about her.

When someone needs a little inspiration, it can be difficult to know what to get them. Always think with your heart and think about practicality first. Boxes and paperweights are two of the things that people most often need, but rarely purchase for themselves, so consider those first!